Important doors usually have keys. I offer you a key to open and enter the Year of Faith with a desire to befriend Jesus in a new and deeper way. Friendship with Jesus also describes each one’s vocation. Those who find friendship with Jesus worth exploring give me a ringing, “Amen!”
The full meaning of who Jesus is, our Messiah and Lord who shares himself with each of us, means our faith is first a person, and Jesus is key to it. Risen Jesus revealed himself as our key: The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation.8 This Year of Faith affords us opportunities to meet Jesus in new ways. Meeting Jesus in new ways helps us grasp and rightly understand9 what we profess in worship and what our faithful friendship with our Amen leads, helps and empowers us to live.
- Calm yourself in our triune God.
- Ask the communion of saints to present you to Jesus.
- Speak with Jesus: praise him for dying and rising to be our Amen, the faithful and true witness. Ask him to bless our Year of Faith and each one’s participation in it.
- Ask Jesus for grace to be more alert to his presence with you and for you to share and live his faith.
- Close, saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. When we end his prayer with our Amen, we mean more than so be it; we give ourselves to Jesus, to his way of living and desire his faith, the faith of our Messiah who befriends us, to be our faith, so we may befriend Jesus in new ways for the sake of our world.
- His Apostolic Letter, “Door of Faith,” 2.
- Aman entry in the Genesius Lexicon.
- Deuteronomy 7.9 (RSV)
- Exodus 3.7-8.
- 1Corinthians 1.9; also 10.13.
- Hebrews 12.2.
- Revelation 3.14.
- Collect of Votive Mass2. “The Mercy of God,” Roman Missal. We used it to open the Year of Faith.